Cash Crusaders and KaiOS launch DIXON XK1 'South Africa’s first unlocked smart feature phone'

23 November 2020

The new device

The new device

Cash Crusaders and KaiOS Technologies today launched the DIXON XK1, 'the first open market KaiOS device in South Africa'.

Priced at R450, the DIXON XK1 comes with a dual SIM slot. Users can enjoy the flexibility to use separate SIM cards bought from any mobile network operators across the country. The dual SIM capability enables users to both maximize coverage and choose the pre- and post-paid plans that best fit their budget and needs.


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TNM CEO Buitelaar steps down

09 November 2020

Michiel Buitelaar, CEO of Malawi’s second largest mobile phone operator Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), has resigned after 19 months in the role.

In a message to TNM employees, he said the reasons for stepping down were personal.

“I’m stepping down as CEO of TNM. I thoroughly enjoyed my position and working with you but personal reasons have brought me to this decision," said Buitelaar. "Although times are not easy, I’m confident that management and the board will navigate TNM through them showing Malawi that TNM is the tech company to be proud of and I’m proud to have been part of it.” 

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MTN officials visit Ghana for peace talks

02 November 2020

Senior MTN Group officials are on a “calming mission in Ghana”, following tensions between the Ghanaian subsidiary and the telecom regulator.

Ralph Mupita, chairman and CEO of South African telecom group MTN and Mcebisi Jonas, chairman of the board, have been in the west African country since October 27, 2020. It is as part of a tour of priority markets.

In a statement, MTN Ghana said that during the two-day trip, representatives of MTN Group who have already met with vice-president Mahamudu Bawumia and former President John Kufuor, member of MTN Group's international advisory board, will also hold meetings with minister of communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and minister of finance, Ken Ofori-Atta.

During these various exchanges, the MTN Group delegation said it wanted to “align itself with certain key stakeholders on important issues of common interest”. The trip comes after some tensions between MTN Ghana and the government, following its designation as dominant operator which induces certain restrictions on its competitive capacities.

MTN Ghana, which appealed to Ghanaian courts last June to overturn the decision of the state, represented by the Communications Authority (NCA), finally ended the action in mid-October. The company stressed its willingness to settle this dispute amicably.

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Togo: new regulatory boss named

27 October 2020

Michel Yaovi Galley has been appointed director general of Arcep (Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts), an institution responsible for regulating the electronic and postal communications sector in Togo.

Formerly technical advisor in charge of digital transition projects, Galley will take the head of the structure, following a decree dated October 15, 2020.

The regulator’s prerogatives include managing and controlling state-approved telephone operators, issuing licenses for independent networks and managing radio-electronic frequencies.

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